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Trinidad and Tobago

Published on August 5th, 2017 | by The Trinidad Guardian

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Pan prodigy needs monetary assistance for music studies

Twenty-three year old Aviel Scanterbury is considered by some to be a musical prodigy with a string of credentials that belie his young age. A graduate of the music programme at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Scanterbury’s skills as a pan player are impressively matched by his accomplishments as a steelband arranger and important work in collaboration with musicians covering a wide variety of musical instruments and genres. In a few weeks, at the end of a so-far bumpy financial road, Scanterbury leaves these shores in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the George Mason University in Virginia, USA.

Last Panorama season, he took Arima Angel Harps to the semifinals of the 2017 Panorama competition in the medium band category, as one of the youngest arrangers in the mix. The band played Voice’s Far from Finished as a virtual statement on the young arranger’s ambitions in the field of music. Last Saturday, the band hosted Supporting Excellence in support of Scanterbury’s fund-raising drive to make the move to George Mason. Stage-side bands such as Suave Steel, LH Pan Academy and Betaudier Pan Academy joined with Adan Hagley and Band and calypsonian Chucky to deliver a delightful evening of music in the open-air setting of the Angel Harps panyard along the Eastern Main Road.

Yet, despite the proceeds of the concert together with $50,000 from government’s Sport and Culture Fund and other smaller fund-raising projects the young musician remains considerably short of the $600,000 bill he will face for the two-year programme. T&T Guardian interviewed Scanterbury on his vision for pan music in the coming years and the role he sees himself playing. “At the end of the day,” he said, “the world is changing, the music is changing, the people are evolving and the technology is advancing at a rapid pace.” The former Trinity East student should know. His musical confidants and friends jam regularly with sessions involving instruments from the violin to the saxophone, playing jazz, calypso, blues, R&B, classical and pop. He believes that innovation is what is needed to move pan music forward. “Somehow,” he argues, “the steelpan fraternity hasn’t been able to fully come up to the times with the rest of the world musically.”

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